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“I was floored by the turnaround,” owner Anthony Rende says of seeing Harbor Point after so many years away. “We were not even allowed to go there when we were kids.”
Construction on the headquarters will commence immediately for a Spring 2021 occupancy.
“New York City is out of lab space, or it’s too expensive,” says Stamford Director of Economic Development Thomas Madden, “so those companies can migrate into Westchester County or Stamford.”
Over the summer, BLT saw more than twice its historical leasing volume at Harbor Point, with approximately 1 in 3 new residents emanating from New York City,
The 133,000-square-foot facility at 860 Canal St. is being marketed as an indoor-outdoor work-play environment designed to bring together companies representing content and media, brands and marketing, social and experiential, and finance and investment in one central hub.
The company will occupy 24,000 square feet at 200 Elm St., whose other tenants include Henkel and Diageo.
BLT claims Renaissance Hotel Partners had denied access to bathrooms, shut off power, and locked out employees, in a campaign to force the restaurant to close so that the space could be leased to another tenant.
The site at 200 Commons Park South is the artisan shop’s first Connecticut location.
“I don’t know of any private shipyard that can get the kind of help that (Harbor Point developer Building and Land Technology) does,” says the group's co-founder Maureen Boylan. BLT Co-president Ted Ferrarone maintains that everything is being done properly.
The Peninsula at Harbor Point site is available immediately for the development of up to 1 million square feet.
Handler ran an unsuccessful campaign to become the Republican nominee for governor in the last election.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties reported leasing increases of 90% in Wilton, 75% in Westport and about 27% in Greenwich from March 1-April 29.
"I am disappointed Mike (Handler) did not share with me his intention to leave Stamford to join BLT, despite the obvious concerns it would raise with me and Stamford’s community," Mayor David Martin says.
The New Canaan resident joins a team "committed to exploring the benefits public/private partnerships can yield for Connecticut and on a national level as we continue on our mission to create and enhance vibrant ecosystems where individuals can live, work, play and stay," BLT said.
“Stamford could become the sixth borough of Manhattan" if the promise of improved train service becomes a reality, according to BLT Co-president Ted Ferrarone.